Death Riding on a Red Fish; 1974; woodblock on paper mounted on canvas by Ben Smith, printmaker; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Eugene C. Daymude, 2010.0187

Death Riding on a Red Fish; 1974; woodblock on paper mounted on canvas by Ben Smith, printmaker; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Eugene C. Daymude, 2010.0187

October 24, 2017 to October 31, 2017

Tuesday–Sunday at 11 a.m.

533 Royal Street

Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

The Historic New Orleans Collection will resurrect its special Halloween-themed tour of its Louisiana History Galleries for one week only, October 24–31. “Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History” will be available Tuesday–Sunday at 11 a.m. inside THNOC’s flagship building at 533 Royal Street.

In medieval allegory, “la danse macabre,” or the dance of death, is a ritualized march to the grave—a sober reminder of life’s finality cloaked in wicked mirth. In a similar spirit, THNOC’s “Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History,” will lead visitors through darker aspects of New Orleans lore.

From the unwholesome subject of executions in French Louisiana to the gritty logistics of cemetery relocation, the tour is a toast to the authentically spooky—a veritable dance to the grave. Mosquitos, serial killers, colonialism, and unlawful assembly are just some of the topics likely to produce a bedlam of fright, insights, and delights.

Tours will be available at 11 a.m. Tuesday–Sunday, October 24 through 31. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Please note: this is not a walking tour of New Orleans or the French Quarter, and the tours are not intended for children under the age of 13.